Carroll County Lifestyles

Super Bowl by the numbers

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Sunday, Feb. 1 is the date of the biggest American sporting event of the year as the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks battle it out for supremacy.

1: Both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks were the number one seeds in their respective leagues.This is the second year in a row both teams participating in the game were the number one seeds.


3: The fewest points scored in a Super Bowl by one team. The Miami Dolphins lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI, 24-3.

12: Number of straight 10-win seasons for the New England Patriots.


12: Season wins for the Patriots and the Seahawks. Both teams have also had four losses in the past year.

15.9: Average number of points the Seattle Seahawks have allowed per game, the best in the league.

21: Number of post-season wins for Patriots' coach Bill Belichick, the most of any coach in NFL History. Belichick is followed by the Dallas Cowboys' Tom Landry with 20 wins.

22 percent: Number of 18-to-24 year olds who say the commercials are the most important part of the game. A 30 second spot costs more than $4.5 million this year, the highest cost of all time. Anheuser-Busch alone has spent $152 million on ads since 2010. This year, it is expected companies will spend $359 million on Super Bowl ads.

39 degrees: The lowest kickoff temperature of an outdoor Super Bowl came in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

44: Number of Super Bowls to use Roman Numerals. Next year's Super Bowl 50 will switch to Arabic numerals for a single year to avoid using L to represent 50. Movie series that switched from Roman to Arabic numerals for sequels include the Halloween franchise -- "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" to "Halloween 4: Return of Michael Myers" and the Men in Black franchise with "Men in Black II" and "Men in Black 3."

54: The length, in yards, of the longest field goal in Super Bowl history, kicked by Steve Christie, of the Buffalo Bills, during Super Bowl XXVIII.

55: The most points ever scored in a Super Bowl by one team, the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV, defeating Denver 55-10.


120: Number of footballs ready for official use. Hopefully all fully inflated.

175: Number of wins by Bill Belichick as the Patriots head coach.

180: Number of countries where the Super Bowl will be broadcast. This year, NBC is going to offer an 11-hour free stream of their over-the-air broadcast, including the game and halftime show.

228: Number of concussions suffered by NFL players last season.

1,200: Average number of calories consumed by spectators during the game. An estimated 1.25 billion chicken wings and 14 billion hamburgers will be eaten.

4,063: Total number of miles between the Patriots' Gillette Stadium, the Seahawks CenturyLink Field and the University of Phoenix Stadium where the game will be played. The Seahawks will have to travel 1,404 miles, while the Patriots will travel 2,659.


$8,548: Lowest price of an available resale Super Bowl ticket on SeatGeek as of Thursday, Jan. 29. The most expensive ticket to the 1967 First Afl-NFL World Championship Game -- later renamed Super Bowl I -- was $12. The game remains the only Super Bowl to not sell out.

$23,628: The amount of money raised on IndieGoGo to produce a #NotBuyingIt app intended to combat sexist media. Thousands of people tweeted with the hashtag during the 2012 Super Bowl to express disgust with sexist and offensive advertising.

42,427: Number of signatures on a petition to convince to pull their Super Bowl ad which critics said encouraged private breeding and puppy mills. The same day the ad was uploaded to the Internet, GoDaddy pulled the commercial down.

1.5 million: The number of people estimated to call in sick on Monday, following the Super Bowl, with 4.4 million people showing up late to work.

9.5 million: Number of people expected to purchase a new television specifically to watch the Super Bowl on. About half as many people expect to purchase new furniture, including entertainment centers for the game.

43 million: Number of people planning on hosting a Super Bowl party to watch the game.


64.1 million: Number of Twitter followers for half-time performer Katy Perry. Perry currently has the greatest number of Twitter followers in the world. In comparison, NFL's official Twitter only has 9.1 million followers. Reggie Bush, the Detroit Lions running back who holds the record for most Twitter followers in the NFL is followed by 2.98 million Twitter accounts. During the game an estimated 25.7 million tweets will be sent about the program.

112.2 million: Number of viewers who watched the Seattle Seahawks-Denver Broncos battle of Super Bowl XLVIII.

171 million: Number of people expected to watch the Super Bowl this year. In it's first year, about 50 million people watched the Super Bowl. Nine of the U.S. top ten most watched broadcasts are Super Bowl games, with 1983's M*A*S*H* series finale coming in number six with 106 million viewers.

$14.31 billion: The estimated amount of spending U.S. consumers are expected to undergo this year, including purchasing food, drinks, decorations, merchandise and clothing. $1.01 billion will go towards the purchase of alcoholic drinks in the lead-in to the game.

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